Modric: Adapting has been challenging
Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric has admitted that he has found life at the Bernabeu "challenging" since leaving Tottenham Hotspur in the summer.
The Croatian playmaker completed a €35 million move to the Spanish champions after spending four years at White Hart Lane, but he has struggled to hold down a first-team place under head coach Jose Mourinho.
The Portuguese has recently criticised the 27-year-old for his inconsistent displays and Modric responded in Croatian newspaper Sportske today. Quoted on as.com, he said: "This is Real Madrid. I understand there is great pressure for new signings to succeed here.
"I'm not making excuses, I am not that kind of person, but it is very challenging to adapt to life at a big club like Madrid. I have had a few good performances, if not in every game, but I believe that I can prove I have something to offer."
Modric has only started eight league games for the capital club, scoring just one goal as Madrid bid to close a daunting 16-point gap on league leaders Barcelona.
Meanwhile, Modric's Merengues team-mate Pepe has undergone surgery on his right ankle at a clinic in Portugal. "Pepe, after showing discomfort in his right ankle and after a medical check, was operated on this morning in Oporto... at the Espregueira Mendes Clinic. The player had an arthroscopy of the ankle," Real Madrid said in a statement online.
Spanish sports daily Marca said Pepe would be sidelined for about a month but he was already set to miss the game against Real Sociedad in the Bernabeu stadium this Sunday because of suspension.